Nov 202015

Simone

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Here’s a couple of Simone lounging around the house as I continue to fiddle with my Fuji X100T. I love this camera!
Soundtrack for the afternoon included Lana Del Rey’s great new album, one of Simone’s favourites, Honeymoon.

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Sep 112015

The Bean

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Soundtrack for the day included George Fitzgerald’s album Fading Love.

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Jul 302015

American Southwest Day 3

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Grand Canyon

Now that we had accomplished what we wanted to, photographically speaking, on the first two days, we decided to actually visit the Grand Canyon. Funny how we didn’t plan to shoot or visit the Grand Canyon until the first night of our trip. We took our time photographing from all the scenic views and stops like all of the other tourists. Pretty amazing views as Colette and I gasped and awed for a few hours, shooting all the while. We finally left the Grand Canyon early afternoon and headed to Las Vegas to spend a couple of days at the Bellagio for much needed rest and pampering before going back home.

All of my photographs can be viewed here.

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Jul 292015

American Southwest Day 2

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Horseshoe Bend and Lower Antelope Canyon

This day started with the most amazing scene of the Horseshoe Bend. After help from our tour guide on the best spot to photograph, I spent the next 30 minutes lying on my stomach at the edge of the cliff snapping pics. I felt my hands shaking, I was so close to the edge. I was also in total awe, which made for an exhilarating 30 minutes of photography. Crazy!! From there it was off to the Lower Antelope Canyon which was a similar experience to shooting in the other canyons. There was more light in this canyon and with the sun rays beaming in it made for some photos with strong highlights. You had to really get creative because of the lighting and also because of the losers posing with their iPhones and selfie sticks. Really? Really. Sheesh. Also, because of the tight space and the number of tourists, I couldn’t stop myself from telling people to move out of the way. Anyway it was a great day (long and strenuous) and I struggled to make it back to the car due to the 100 degree weather and the crazy steps to get up and out of the canyon at the end (we did this canyon from end to front) and with the walk back to the parking lot. Another quick shower, beers, camera check and cleaning before a great sushi dinner.

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Jul 282015

American Southwest Day 1

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Owl Canyon, Rattlesnake Canyon, Upper Antelope Canyon & Mountain Sheep Canyon

Gear; Nikon D3s, Nikon D700, FujiX100T, 24-70 2.8, 24 2.8, 35 2.0 and Benro Mach 3 Carbon Fiber with Benro V3E Head

Wow, crazy tight spaces in all the canyons. There were times where I thought I was going to get stuck or not attempt to move forward because of the tight or challenging terrain. Each canyon had its own beauty and I took over 600 photos. I used mainly my D3s with my 50mm and some with my FujiX100T. I also used my tripod when it was possible to do so. The Upper Antelope Canyon was extremely busy with other photographers and tourists but you do the best that you can in these situations. For the other three canyons Colette and I were lucky to be the only ones there, just with our Navajo tour guide who was awesome. I was extremely exhausted by the end of the last canyon which wrapped up a long day that started at 5am. The drive back from the canyons to our hotel in Flagstaff was spectacular as we gazed at the amazing colours through the Painted Desert. It was hard to stop and shoot the beautiful landscapes along the Painted Desert but I’ll always remember those colours and all the ‘other worldly’ views. Back at the hotel it was a quick shower and a couple of beers, and then I spent a good amount of time that night cleaning all of the gear which was covered with dust and desert sand.

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Jun 222015

Fuji X100T

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It has been a few years since I last bought a camera although I have bought numerous types of camera equipment. I have been satisfied with my ancient D700 and my aging D3s although I’ve always wanted a smaller, rangefinder type of camera to join the family. There just hasn’t been a camera in the last few years that has the whole package, consisting of size, build, price and specs. Until now…I recently bought the Fuji X100T and love this little camera for all those reasons just mentioned.

Here are my not so scientific opinions regarding the images I have shot thus far. Remember these are JPEGs compared with my D3s RAW files. The images from the X100T are a bit soft shooting at 2.0. At 2.8 it starts to get very sharp. The macro feature works well getting close to subjects but don’t shoot macro wide open. Focus is good, especially in good light. Great optical and electronic hybrid viewfinder. Both work well and I can definitely see a need for both. Cool features with manual focus as well with this hybrid viewfinder. Pixel peeping with JPEG resembles film like quality. I’m used to Nikon files that are tack sharp with smooth gradations. Fuji files are slightly muddy although I would never know unless I was zoomed in over 200%. Again this is shooting wide open at ISO’s between 800 to 2500 and again JPEG. Great high ISO and I think (a final verdict after editing a RAW file) I could use 6400. Can’t comment on the colour yet until I shoot a wider range of subjects and settings but come on, it’s a Fuji, you know the colours are going to be great. I just have to try the many film simulations available in camera. No comment yet on the flash but strange that it wouldn’t fire if the camera setting was on silent? Love the easy file transfer via wifi to my iPad and iPhone. Hello Snapseed…Excellent build quality and the buttons are laid out nicely and I’m able to shoot and change settings while keeping my eye in the viewfinder. I did find the camera a tad small and may get the added grip. I wasn’t a fan of the strap so I picked up a nice Gordy’s wrist strap. And for added bling and functionality I picked up a soft touch shutter button and thumb rest from Lensmate. Time to get out and shoot to further test the camera. Plus I’m getting tired of shooting Simone and she’s really tired of me shooting her. I will be going on a trip to the Grand Canyon at the end of July so I should have more to report. Stay tuned.

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May 212015

Canadian Music Week

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My first show of CMW was Stu Larson at the Rivoli. Great stuff with a cool and chilled vibe. People were actually telling other people to shush so that they could get into the soft folky songs of Stu Larson and the best harmonica player ever, Natsuki Kurai. This before the crazy scene at the Horseshoe shooting FIDLAR, where I found myself in a tight wave of people pushing towards the stage in what then became the tightest mosh pit ever. Once the first chord of the first song was struck, I got crushed against the stage by the force of what felt like a thousand people. Almost immediately beer started to be thrown around and I knew I’d leave after the first song. Not worth my camera getting wrecked. Next thing I know a guy flies over the top of me towards the stage smashing my camera with his foot (I think?). Probably the hardest blow my camera has ever taken. Whilst being banged around ferociously, trying to capture some images, someone stepped on my shoe and as I got shoved, it fell off my foot. So no shoe, absolutely squished to the point of being crushed, and beer drenched, I decided I had enough. Now the hard part of trying to get out of the insanely tight mosh pit. No lie, it took at least one song (although it felt like an eternity) to muscle my way out from the front of the stage. My camera took some serious beatings on the way and I finally made it to the sidelines thinking ‘what the fuck?!’. With only one shoe left and no obligation to cover any other bands for the night, it was straight into a cab and home. After cleaning my camera for about an hour and checking to make sure nothing was wrong with it, I checked the images quickly and to no surprise found the majority of my FIDLAR shots out of focus. Surprisingly, considering I was only shooting for half a three minute song, I got the images needed. Oh yeah and the worst part, my iPhone got bent from the force of being crushed as it was in the front pocket of my jeans. Yup, the iPhone 6 Plus does bend.

Anyway, I missed several shows during the week but did cover one of my faves, The Franklin Electric at the Great Hall. Love those guys. Also shot Milk & Bone and K.I.D which were a couple of nice surprises as well and enjoyed their sets. At least I didn’t lose my shoes this time…

Thanks to Quip Magazine.

Visit Quip Magazine for the review of the shows here and here.

My images from the shows can be viewed here.

*Shot on May 2nd and May 8th*

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May 182015

Edwards Gardens

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Soundtrack for today’s stroll included Aero Flynn’s self titled album.

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Apr 192015

Jose Gonzalez at the Phoenix

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Great show from one of my faves at the Phoenix in Toronto. I love his new album and was thrilled to see some of his band mates from Junip play on stage with him. After the first three songs I stayed for the complete set, front centre, taking it all in. Awesome show! Here are a few shots from the night.

Thanks to Quip Magazine.

Visit Quip Magazine for the review of the show here.

All of my images can be viewed here.

*shot on April 13th, 2015*

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Mar 122015

Actor Headshot

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Great couple of hours shooting the beautiful and talented Colette Stevenson at the home studio. Colette needed some new headshots and this is my favourite from the session. Shot using afternoon light from my favourite window, with a bit of fill.

Music for the shoot included Tropics album Rapture.

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Feb 242015

Simone

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Long day in the studio shooting products for a client only to have Simone terrorize the seamless paper. Thankfully I was pretty much done shooting when Simone, who had been watching quietly, decided she couldn’t help herself. I was tethering to my MacBook and had my camera on a tripod so I wasn’t set up to catch her movements but came up with a few funny shots. Maybe one day I’ll actually shoot her in the studio…

Music for today’s shoot included Father John Misty’s new album I Love You, Honeybear.

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Jan 252015

London Grammar at the Sound Academy

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It was great to get out and shoot a concert as I’d had an extended Xmas holidays and then started the new year with some product shots in the studio. I love shooting at the Sound Academy for the great lighting and sound, not to mention a more than adequate pit for us photographers. On this night I covered London Grammar for Quip Magazine and although I’ve heard some of their stuff, Hannah Reid’s voice in a live setting was awesome. I was hoping to stick around for the rest of the show after the obligatory first three songs but didn’t want to leave my gear at the check in area at the front doors. Apparently that’s the rules for shooting at this venue. Media are not allowed to carry their cameras in the venue if they want to stay and watch the show, regardless of the fact that they’re put away in their bags. Shitty, but at least I witnessed the first three songs. Here are some of my favs from the evening.

Thanks to Quip Magazine.

All of my images can be viewed here.

*Shot on January 21, 2015*

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Jan 252015

Until The Ribbon Breaks at the Sound Academy

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Covered Until The Ribbon Breaks for Quip Magazine at the Sound Academy. Great band that opened for London Grammar and here are some of my favs from the evening.

Thanks to Quip Magazine.

Visit Quip Magazine for the review of the show here.

All of my images can be viewed here.

*Shot on January 21, 2015*

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Jan 012015

Fugitive Moments 6

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Tons of great albums in 2014 and this year Simone and I had a hard time selecting the top ten. After days of bickering (bad idea to give her an iPod for Christmas) and playing our favourites over and over again we finally decided on these albums.

1. Chet Faker Built on Glass

2. Fink Hard Believer

3. Sharon Van Etten Are We There

4. Alt-J This Is All Yours

5. Ben Howard I Forgot Where We Were

6. Damien Rice My Favourite Faded Fantasy

7. Owls Of The Swamp Atlas

8. War On Drugs Lost In The Dream

9. Antlers Familiars

10. Lana Del Rey Ultraviolence

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Dec 172014

Fugitive Moments 5

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Nov 232014

A Grey Day In November

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It warmed up to a balmy 8 degrees celsius today and that gave me just enough motivation to get out of the house with my camera. I visited Edwards Gardens, my usual place to relax and lose myself for a couple of hours and left with these photographs.

Soundtrack for the day included Damien Rice’s stellar new album, My Favourite Faded Fantasy.

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Nov 072014

Cocktail Crawl Fashion Show at The Spoke Club

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Covered Cocktail Crawl’s Fashion Show at the Spoke Club. The runway show included designers Narces, Atelier Guarin, Stephan Caras, Love Winter and L’Momo. Great designs especially by my fav from World MasterCard Fashion Week, Stephan Caras. The venue is a great place to host a runway show but man, this one definitely needed some extra lighting. ISO 6400 and it was still too dark. Anyway I managed to find a spot on the runway that had just enough light and also managed to avoid the barrage of flashes from the photographers and the patrons’ cameras. I was the only one shooting with no flash.

Thanks to Natasha and her team at Cocktail Crawl Social Club.

My images from the runway shows can be viewed here.

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Nov 062014

The Glitch Mob at The Danforth Music Hall

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Covered the Glitch Mob at the Danforth Music Hall for Quip Magazine. I hadn’t heard much about these guys but I did hear some peeps that they put on a great concert with an amazing light show. And that they did, at the always awesome Danforth Music Hall, as the three piece electronic genre bending band rocked the house with some serious energy. Great show except for the fact that I forgot my ear plugs and absolutely destroyed my ears while shooting the first three songs.

Thanks to Quip Magazine.

Visit Quip Magazine for the review of the show here.

All of my images can be viewed here.

*shot on October 24 2014*

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Oct 092014

Startup Fashion Week at HangLoose Media Studios

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Startup Fashion Week is a new event in Toronto to provide startups in fashion design, fashion-tech and wearable-tech the appropriate skills, exposure, resource and valuable network opportunities. The three day event consists of conferences, workshops and of course runway showcases. I covered the runway showcase portion at HangLoose Media Studios with fantastic designs from Atelier Guarin, Klatt by Alanna Klatt, The Wild North, Maybe by Catalfo and Vanika. Overall it was a great event and I look forward to next year.

Thank you to the team at Startup Fashion Week and a special thanks to Jodi Goodfellow.

For more info about Startup Fashion Week visit their website at www.startupfashionweek.com.

Images from Atelier Guarin’s runway show can be viewed here.

Images from Klatt’s runway show can be viewed here.

Images from The Wild North’s runway show can be viewed here.

Images from Maybe by Catalfo’s runway show can be viewed here.

Images from Vanika’s runway show can be viewed here.

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